McAfee SiteAdvisor

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The McAfee SiteAdvisor(R) is a free tool that adds an information button to the Web browser that shows the relative safety of a particular site based on how well the site administrators protect the site against malware. According to the McAfee SiteAdvisor site [1], this company uses an "army of computers" continuously to test various sites for pop-ups, Trojan horses, downloads, browser exploits, phishing endeavors, e-commerce vulnerabilities, online affiliations, and website annoyances. The maintenance of this record may encourage a greater sense of WWW citizenship. This software does not capture any personally identifiable information (PII) from users.


Downloading the Software

Go to [2] to access the download.

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Once the executable file has been downloaded, double click on this setup file. Allow this file to run.

In the next screen, you need to decide whether or not to install the Yahoo Toolbar.

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The last step involves choosing whether or not to enable Secure Search. You may request that the software shows all site ratings and filter potentially dangerous sites, or you may have the software just identify those sites identified as dangerous. Lastly, you may also set the browser's default search provider (Yahoo or not).

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The Search Bar and Rating

Once installed, the McAfee SiteAdvisor(R) leaves a search bar and rating in the browser. This will appear in different locations depending on the browser.

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Possible Ratings

The possible rating icons include the following.


This software program also offers ratings next to the URLs found through search engines.


See Also

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